"Not my mother tongue" play list

“Voice” by Italian-Japanese hip-hop artist, Ai (Japanese), a beautiful song as a call for more acceptance and love in a diverse world.

“Yuve Yuve Yu” by Mongolian rock group, The HU, about the state of Mongolians in modern society having lost connection with their roots.

“Jee Veerey” by Indian metal group, Bloodywood (English and Punjabi), is a call to the listener not to give in to depression and self-termination.

There’s a Japanese rock band who became famous after aging, Ningen Isu, whose songs are often about classic Japanese and western literature. They’re style is older, and they sing with a very local Tsugaru dialect.

Also highly recommend BUCK-TICK if you can find them. They’re legends of Japan’s visual kei scene, and their style has adapted over the three decades they were most active. I’m not sure, but I suspect as their work is older and under a large label, the licenses don’t allow for much streaming distribution.

Heck yeah, Rammstein!! :star_struck:


Great songs! I can really get into the Hu Yuve Yuve Yu. One of the singers is even doing throat singing.

And Ningen Isu has a Queensryche vibe. I like it.

I saw Rammstein when they did a US tour about 17 years ago. They were really fun.


For Japanese: “Plastic Love” by Mariya Takeuchi. Really into 80s Japanese Citypop these days :smiley:


Oh, I’ve created a «Jewish Jam» playlist recently, so I’ll share it with you (Songs are mostly in Yiddish, sometimes with a bit of Russian or Ukrainian and one in Hebrew; the order is more or less chronological so that we walk through history; repetitions are also for walk-through-history purposes):

Chiribim Chiribom – The Barry Sisters https://youtu.be/Gn6xa6MWP9k
Hava Nagila – The Barry Sisters https://youtu.be/ELrNDUGV-yo
Bei Mir Bist Du Schön – The Barry Sisters https://youtu.be/G87IvmGRPvo
Der kiever tramvay – Тимур Фишель https://youtu.be/K1mduesm8_s
Du Vest Geyn Mitn Barg – Igor Beliy & Evgeniya Slavina
Tumbalalaika – The Barry Sisters https://youtu.be/ENDqVoYxxJE
In Droysn Iz Finster – The Nightingale Trio https://youtu.be/6vtDzZyyP_A
• Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen – Benny Goodman & His Orchestra in Moscow https://youtu.be/-Rb1sTyPr-U?t=1064
Am Isroel khay – Мария Бомаш
Dertseyl – Polina Shepherd & Ashkenazim https://youtu.be/OzDidcbMboQ
• Bei Mir Bist du Scheen – Quadro Nuevo https://youtu.be/CSRUSZkOT80
• Kiever Tramvay – Di Meschugeles https://youtu.be/Y6muzGLD0y4
Ikh Her A Geshrey – Vanya Zhuck https://vanyazhuk.bandcamp.com/track/ikh-her-a-geshrey
• You can obviously listen to the full Barry Sisters’ “Greatest Yiddish Hits” album
• And that’s an Evolution of Jewish music I found while preparing this reply: https://youtu.be/gbeArPQqsc8
Russian speakers and learners will enjoy this article: https://arzamas.academy/materials/1919

• Then we can transition to Polish with Ty pojdziesz gora – M. Krupowies https://youtu.be/eUVPezEAOWw
Another Polish song is Jeszcze Raz Vabank – Henrik Kuzniak https://youtu.be/cX2nbYYW1uk
Then you can listen to whole Vabank soundtrack. But my Polish playlist is not ready, so that’s it.


I prefer listening to a song in the original version of it too.

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I had the unusual experience of recognizing a song in Japanese that I’d originally heard in English ages ago, but I learned very quickly that the Japanese was actually the original!

I thought this would end up being a great learning opportunity; surely, I could use the translation to study the original Japanese, right? Unfortunately, it seems only the melody was brought over. The words and meaning (not to mention the politics behind the original writing of the song) were completely lost in English song “Sukiyaki” by A Taste of Honey.

Oooo loving this topic! Joining in the fun with my list:

French: Dis moi by BB Brunes
French: Le plus beau du quartier by Carla Bruni
Canadian French: Comme des enfants by Coeur de Pirate
Korean: I’m a Villain by Stella Jang
Korean: Comes And Goes by Hyukoh
Italian: Dolce Francia by Carla Bruni
Icelandic: Inní mér syngur vitleysingur by Sigur Rós
Irish Gaelic: Brid Og Ni Mhaille by The Corrs
Finnish: Ievan Polkka (cover) by Tuuletar (the speed and coordination is insane)
Chinese: 第一時間 by F4 (oldie but goodie)

Looking for good German and Swedish ones in this thread!

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Uh that reminds me I used to love BB Brunes! :smiley:
For German you might like AnnenMayKantereit, try “Pocahontas” or “Barfuß am Klavier
Or Madsen with “Lass die Musik an” or “Du schreibst Geschichte”.

Hallo Sarah, thank you for the super recommendations! I especially like AnnenMayKantereit with the raspy voice, they somehow remind me of Mumford and Sons. Also loving the 2000s rock vibe from Madsen, it is my current mood on spotify! These will definitely help me discovering more good music and improving my German :raised_hands:

So glad you like them!

This is a great thread, and my Spotify loves you all! I expect to go down a few rabbit holes after listening to these.

Here’s some from me:

Theevandi (Malayalam) from Thaikkudam Bridge (fantastic band featured in a less fantastic South Indian film)

Sen (Turkish) from Koray Avci (I am a superfan of his)

Melegim (French/mixed) from Soolking & Dadju, always a happiness inducing tune


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Thanks for the recommendations, everyone!
Here are some of mine (most of them oldies):
Spanish - “Me llaman Calle” by Manu Chao - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZivK8PmxPWQ
“Quizas, Quizas, Quizas” - by Trio Los Panchos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdJ0KLJ3PmQ
Georgian - “Tango” by Mgzavrebi - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtqAVhiiB0A
French - “Je veux” by Zaz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TFNGRYMz1U
“Tous le garçons et les filles” by Francoise Hardy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPkBMqehr5k
“La Bal Masqué” by La Compagnie Créole - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-48Xg2cKyg&list=RDMM&index=2
Polish - “Dwa Seduszka” from the movie Cold War - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIeDJ3lqfSQ
Russian - “Девочка-виденье” by Maxim Leonidov - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sar_wpR0JU
“Девчонка 16-ти лет” - by Bravo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFD2DA4sTcw
“Еще не вечер” - by Vladimir Visotsky - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnMy5yek-ks&list=FLfUr0cKmerp-9QJCK4lawUQ&index=43&t=86s
Dutch - “Ik Ga Naar Frankrijk” by The Amazing Stroopwafels - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPvFgk92fyY
Hebrew - “מרוסיה” by Habiluim - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARC14D6DfgE&list=FLfUr0cKmerp-9QJCK4lawUQ&index=55
“דינה ברזילאי” by Lehakat Hanahal - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4MxWKE6Bsg&list=FLfUr0cKmerp-9QJCK4lawUQ&index=59
“יושבים בבית קפה” by Teapacks - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT9KHnj6Mes&t=67s
Arabic - “Habibi Galibi” by A-WA - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3bjZlmsb4A&list=RDMM&index=7
“Boro Vasat” by Eendo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSs8pYgd4YU&list=FLfUr0cKmerp-9QJCK4lawUQ&index=90

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A-WA are SO great! I really love the “Gul I’Abi” track they did with Acid Arab. The palette and cinematography is slick, too.

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Sip Sip by Jasmine Sandlas (Punjabi)

Nigah-e-Darwwasishaan by Abida Parveen (Urdu)

I remember listening to this a lot when getting my feet wet with Modern Greek:

And these two songs when learning Euskara (Basque):

Itoiz - Lau Teilatu: https://youtu.be/c8bc3kQF040

Urtz - Kaixo: https://youtu.be/eEtwgDg8x3I

And for those who like a nice multilingual mix with a high dose of energy: Mano Negra (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_29leQZF9kBvLdP-mNa6-g) and Manu Chao (https://www.youtube.com/c/manuchao)! (French, Spanish, English, Arabic). I listened a lot to their music when living in Grenoble for a bit and saw Manu Chao live in Manchester once.

Oh, and for Norwegian this one, after Luca mentioned it: Kaisers Orchestra - Hjerteknuser: https://youtu.be/8ZkFXnm-RNQ

Here are some of my recommendations:
Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Indonesia
Siti Nurhaliza : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1wUSjk6TVE
Rossa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aly8zeQ-zIg&list=RDEMAkWz2WUivkB_HWrehQLUaQ&start_radio=1

Mỹ Tâm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttd3hNNxfZw&list=RDEMgaCDNWebAK5Cv0hRYZW0-A&start_radio=1

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I really like the song Sjå attende by Gåte: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpJXLfOk0Lk
They’re a Norwegian band and while my Norwegian is ok, I can’t really understand what they’re saying. They’re singing either in a dialect or an older version of Norwegian. I’ve never really been able to figure that out. Song’s catchy, though.

Russian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn1kng-nFuY
This song искала by Земфира was recommended to me when I was still studying Russian, years ago, and it has stuck with me ever since.


Wow, Carlos Gardel? awesome!!

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@Marc: Here you go for the lyrics and two English translations for Sjå attende by Gåte. :slight_smile:

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